Two positives and two negatives for Tuchel to take from Chelsea's 1-1 draw

Chelsea once again dropped points in their bid to keep pace with leaders Manchester City as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

Chelsea were made to work for their opener despite dominating possession throughout the match.

It wasn’t until the 70th minute Mason Mount broke the deadlock as he fired past Jordan Pickford after being played in through a neat pass from Reece James.

Just four minutes later Jarrad Branthwaite levelled the scores for the visitors, latching onto a deep Anthony Gordon free-kick into the box to score his first ever Premier League goal.

Thomas Tuchel will have learned plenty from another frustrating night at Stamford Bridge and takes a look at some of the positives and negatives from the draw.

Lively Ziyech

The talented winger made only his fifth Premier League start of the season tonight but certainly made an impact.

Ziyech has enjoyed mixed fortunes since arriving from Ajax last year but given a chance under Thomas Tuchel he’s proved a useful asset.

Everton’s wing-backs struggled to contain the lively Moroccan and with injuries aplenty in the squad right now, his performance showed Tuchel he can be called upon when needed.

Reliable Loftus-Cheek

One player who has benefitted from a decent run of games amid Tuchel’s injury crisis is the England midfielder.

There has never been any doubt about the 25-year-old’s talent but this season he’s needed to prove he can deliver the goods on a consistent basis.

It’s hard to criticise Pulisic for playing in an unnatural position but Tuchel may have to look for other options next time he’s without his strikers.

Rudiger hard to replace

Another gameweek passes by that sees Chelsea edge closer to losing Antonio Rudiger.

It’s no secret the German is out of contract in the summer and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal but Tuchel will be well aware he’ll struggle to replace him.

Alongside Thiago Silva, Rudiger has formed a solid defensive partnership that is key to the way Tuchel wants his side to play.

While they’ll miss his stability at the back if he opts to leave next month or in the summer, he also provides an attacking threat too.

Rudiger’s netted two goals for Chelsea this season but loves to get forward and almost provided the assist for Mount in the first half with some neat footwork in the box before Pickford denied the England midfielder.

Chelsea need to do all they can to convince him to sign a new deal.

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